Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by SensibleSal66, Sep 29, 2021.
Really nice pictures!
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Oh man, you caught him!
Caught red handed! Cheating on CT! Shame on you!
I knew you'd have one. Great minds think alike. Is that a reverse proof?
Yes sir. I have the other one too, but you beat me to it.
Nice, wide, pronounced W. I luv it!
Heck, I'm not even sure if I knew they were minting silver bullion coinage. When did all this start?
I'd also assumed that the mint was on the grounds of the USMA. Not even! Just in some random place off a highway. Vague whiff of patronage around the whole deal. Some senator or representative?
Here's some more education!
The West Point Mint Facility is a U.S. Mint production and depository facility built in 1937 near the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, they have the equipment/presses and all that jazz (acquired in the late 60s, early 70s I think), besides just being a depository, and then it began minting circulation coins to help out in the 1970s, and still do from time to time, without a mintmark so they are unidentifiable from Philly strikes, West Point officially became a branch of the United States Mint in 1988. As of 2019 the West Point mint held 22% of the United States' gold reserves, or approximately 54 million ounces. (over $100 Billion USD as of as of 2021). The mint at West Point is second only to the gold reserves held in secure storage at Fort Knox. Originally, the West Point Mint was called the West Point Bullion Depository. At one point it had the highest concentration of silver of any U.S. mint facility, It has since minted mostly commemorative coins and stored gold.
I think the Los Angeles Olympic games $1 gold commem from 1984 is the first U.S. commem or coin with a W mintmark, also first legal tender gold coin struck since 1933.
They are also very involved in the Silver and Gold eagle programs, doing the majority of the production since the turn of century.
My new number is, 231, since then. Plus i sent one to @SensibleSal66 for his birthday, so make that 232.
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